[[The best online RPG ?]]Online gaming - multiple players on a computer network playing real-time games via modem connections - has progressed from basement computer geekdom to the mainstream. Ultima Online has grown to hundreds of thousands of active players in its two-and-a-half years of existence. [images]Ultima Online 2, the next multiplayer online world, will feature a next-generation 3D engine and beautiful animation created with state-of-the-art motion capture technology. Like the original, community building will be a top priority. UO2 will feature a full suite of community-building tools, including robust communication software, a comprehensive party/guild system, diverse player-owned property and detailed character customization to ensure a thriving community.[images]UO2 will be balanced to allow for single-player adventuring, although players may find that this is less efficient in terms of advancement. Ultima Online 2 is a multiplayer game first. As a result, players who adventure together will often find that they are a more effective adventuring team than the sum of their parts. There will also be parts of the game that are specifically geared towards groups of adventurers. [[Features]]Player killing will be limited through the use of Player vs. Player zones. This will give players a chance to develop their characters and adventure without risk, and yet still give the adrenaline rush of player-vs-player combat once they have determined they are ready to face higher risks for greater rewards. [images]Another feature I am very pleased with is the Path of the Avatar. Much like the classic Ultima IV, players will develop their characters through ethical choices not just monster bashing and treasure hoarding. The fact that this is now in an online environment makes it even more compelling, since players will face these choices with each other.
Ultima Worlds Online, is not a sequel to Ultima Online. It is a very different product, blending medieval, ancient and futuristic civilizations in a really cool and bizarre 3D world.